Ras Natango and Tamika Williams
by Martena Alves-Weatherly
(Trinidad and Tobago)
Awesome Educator and First Class Artists
When a prestigious prep school refused to teach my son Kona, who was said to have ADD, Tamika with her "indomitable spirit," took him under her wing at the then, Little Tree Prep School.
Life there was magical! In no time he was doing amazing things and his confidence was restored.
Today Kona is a Junior at Rutgers University, School of Business with an amazing GPA.
Her love for children and the environment has been evident from the start. The school was environmentally focused and it's students sensitized.
Every morning Ras Natango would adoringly drop his wife off to school and return for her in the evening.
I am sure that must have been at least a 20 mile journey, and he would paint in between his scheduled drives.
His paintings of Tamika's own flora were already adorning the walls of the finest institutions and homes and of course the school.
I have been privileged to visit their amazing mountain sanctuary, and see first hand the horticultual feast and art studio of these two.
While I can't live there with them, I have purchased several pieces of Ras Natango's art for businesses as well as my own private collection. Thinking of his depictions of nature's jewels always brings a smile to my face.
Ian and Tamika are living the zen life many only dream of.
They are a happy pair and are making a difference in their country and immediate community.
Their talent and now their gallery and garden are enriching persons who come to them.
Their journey is inspirational.